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Traveling by air is a real blessing of the modern world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful. Flying somewhere requires extensive planning and preparation – especially if you’re dealing with a disability and a wheelchair. We’ll cover each aspect from flying – from arriving at the airport to arraigning for ground transportation at your destination in order to take some of the stress out of the process. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way toward making

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The development of adaptive clothing has greatly increased the freedom and independence of disabled persons. And toward that end, it has been a great blessing, but unfortunately so many of the adaptive clothing options out there are a bit out of touch on the fashion front. Of course, the first priority of adaptive clothing should needs be its usefulness for people with disabilities. But that doesn’t mean it has to totally ignore our desire to look and feel like our

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For so many people, especially in America, driving is a big part of our lives. And while that idea has recently been weakened with improved public transportation and walkable neighborhoods, vehicular travel is still a daily routine for many people. One common struggle after a spinal cord injury comes from the loss of mobility and independence – and driving is a significant part of that. Learning to deal with those emotions is a big part of recovery, and that very

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Over the last 75 years, there have been massive advances in the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries. Where a spinal cord injury (SCI) once meant a lifetime confined to a hospital bed, advances in technology and treatment have given new life to those who have suffered an SCI. As medical and technological progress continues, there are exciting new possibilities for treating spinal cord injuries. Many of these developments are still in their infancy, but it provides a glimpse

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For those of us who live in cold weather climates, winter means serious business. Impassable roads and power outages are a regular part of life. When you add to complications of a spinal cord injury, this wintery combination can be life-threatening. Navigating through the snow and ice conditions is only half the battle when there are dangers at home too. Winter Dangers When winter hits, it brings dangers that we don’t see in the warmer months. Snow and ice make

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The VA healthcare system has been under fire over the last few years – and rightfully so. There has been a serious effort at the VA to improve their dire situation, but it is worth asking about their success. VA By the Numbers Looking at the numbers, the VA should be on the road to massive improvements. Since 2009, their budget as increased by 83.2 billion dollars (93.7 billion vs. 176.9 billion) and their workforce has increased by 277,000 (a

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Parenting is a scary prospect. The thought of raising a little human to be a good person is terrifying – as it ought to be. Both able-bodied and disabled people face a huge amount of challenges when parenting. But as in all things, a spinal cord injury requires creative thinking and problem solving to overcome everyday struggles. In the past, many people questioned the wisdom of disabled people having children. But we have seen, time and time again, that disabled

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Travelling after a spinal cord injury is fully possible – even if it presents unique challenges. When you’re traveling, questions arise at every turn about airports, hotels, taxis, and stairs. However, choosing the right destination can have a huge impact on your trip. With the right travel companion, you can manage to get over cobblestone streets and navigate difficult bathrooms, but it can make your life a whole lot easier to select a destination that doesn’t require you to overcome

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In the years before World War II, few people survived a serious spinal cord injury and those who did lived out their lives confined to a hospital bed. Fortunately, much of that changed as veterans began returning home from the war having suffered from severe injury. Advances in medical technology – most notably penicillin and surgical techniques – helped to expand the possibilities for injured WWII veterans. But with advances in medical technologies come new challenges. The veterans who returned

It can be difficult to stay active during the harsh weather and freezing temps during the winter months. But finding ways to stay healthy and keeping up with working out doesn’t have to be hard. Many indoor fitness centers for people with disabilities offer a wide variety of adaptive equipment. Here are some of the top-rated pieces of gym equipment for those needing disability fitness equipment: UBE or arm cycle – loosens your shoulder joints and is a good warm

It may be too late to get involved in the Sept. 2017 Invictus Games held in Toronto, but plenty of time to plan for the next one. Mark your calendar for Oct. 18-29, when the 2018 games will be held in Sydney, Australia. More than 500 athletes representing 17 nations will compete. What are the Invictus Games? Established by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games are a series of sporting events that inspire healing and recovery for wounded, ill and injured

  Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and it also has many surprising benefits for the volunteer. Helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and give you a sense of purpose. Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others those in need and improve your health and happiness. Doing

    We have all read about the importance of families sitting down together to dinner (or any meal really) on a regular basis. It’s a great time to really ask your kids how they’re doing and have important and meaningful conversations as a family. You can make this mealtime experience more beneficial by preparing the meal together as a family. This gives you extra time to spend together, and allows your children to gain important communication and collaboration skills.

  Paralyzed veterans have many resources available to them, whether they need help with accessibility, mobility, housing options, caregiver resources, employment opportunities or medical resources. Knowing where to look or who to call isn’t always easy. Below are some resources for you to consider.   Paralyzed Veterans of America – 10 years ago, PVA launched its vocational rehabilitation and employment program, Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) with offices now located in VA medical centers in Tampa, Richmond, San Antonio,

Each year, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) assists more than 1 million veterans and family members by helping them to access their benefits, educating communities about the needs of veterans, and serving as an advocate on Capitol Hill for America’s healing heroes. There are 1.3 million DAV members. Eligibility includes any veteran who served during a period of war that was wounded, disabled, or left with a long-term illness as a result of military service, and was discharged or retired under

  In September 2016, Senator Elizabeth Dole and actor Tom Hanks launched the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes campaign for military caregivers. Campaign goals include increasing awareness of caregiver challenges and rallying support from communities to meet the needs of America’s 5.5 million military caregivers. Other organizations such as Fisher House Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation also provide extensive caregiver support for military families. For more than 25 years, Fisher House Foundation has served as a no-cost

During the summer heat, there are a few great ways you get your kids to drink their nutrients – in a cool and refreshing way. Fresh pressed juice bars and juicing machines for the home have both become extremely popular. Juicing is a great way to provide children with the nutrients they need without them even knowing what vegetable they’re consuming and may not always agree to eat, like spinach and kale. Green smoothies are also a great way to

Assistive technology is available nationwide and many rehabilitation-focused state agencies provide disabled people and their families resources and services related to everything from care options and vehicle modification to employment and home/workplace modification. One example of a vehicle modification is a van that takes voice commands and has two different joysticks that allow a person with SCI to drive, steering with their right hand and accelerating with their left. The modifications mean the driver never has to touch the steering

Anyone tracking the newest advancements in prosthetics is familiar with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Since 1958, DARPA has introduced ingenious technologies for the U.S. military, to include prosthetic devices for wounded warriors. Much has been invested in lower-limb prosthetics, enabling many service members to return to duty. DARPA recognized a need for advanced upper-limb prosthetic options and invested $153 million in the 2006 launch of its Revolutionized Prosthetics program. Among the many gadgets, gizmos, droids and drones

  It’s a new year, which for many people means new resolutions. If your resolution is to exercise more and you’re dealing with a spinal cord injury, it can be difficult. There are many resources available for finding an exercise regimen that works for you. Check out the video series from the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System: http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/exercise_2013.asp These videos give informative tips of why you should exercise, things to watch out for when exercising and guidelines for an